Newark Working Kitchens Delivers Thanksgiving to Newark’s Residents

Newark Working Kitchens (Website), a COVID-19 response that activates Newark’s restaurants to deliver nutritious meals to low-income seniors and families, has announced it will deliver over 10,000 Thanksgiving meals to Newark residents on November 23-26. Each of the 24 Newark-based restaurants involved in the program has created their own Thanksgiving-inspired menu, and will deliver thousands of meals to local residents in senior, low-income and disabled housing.

As the Newark community continues to face restrictions and challenges brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic, Newark Working Kitchens wants to ensure that the community members most in need will have a warm meal for the holiday.

Additional holiday meals were made possible thanks to a special donation from Audible’s Black Employee Network. Audible launched Newark Working Kitchens in April as a continuation of its years-long support for local restaurants.

“The decision was easy, there is a sense of urgency in today’s world, especially when it comes to food insecurity. Hunger doesn’t wait,” said Audible Black Employee Network co-leader Yvonne Durant.


“I celebrate and thank these amazing restaurants that have delivered more than 600,000 meals and will continue cooking for their neighbors most in need around Thanksgiving,” said Don Katz, Audible founder and executive chairman. “Newark Working Kitchens continues to be validated as a win-win for community members without enough food and the independent small businesses that can stay in business, and I urge corporations, philanthropies and donors of all giving levels to help us sustain this vital program.”

Since launching in April, Newark Working Kitchens has since delivered close to 600,000 meals to more than 10,000 residents across 60 locations. All meals are prepared by 24 participating restaurants, more than half of which are minority-and/or female-owned. The program has sustained hundreds of jobs during the pandemic and helped restaurants relaunch services and rehire staff over the last six months.

Current participating restaurants include: Andros Restaurant & Diner, Barcade, Blueprint Café, Bulgogi Zip, City Rub Smokehouse, Fresh Coast, Harvest Table, Kilkenny Alehouse, King’s Family Restaurant & Catering, King’s #1 Family Restaurant, La Cocina, Lit 21, Marcus B&P, McGovern’s Tavern, Mercato Tomato Pie/Novelty Burger, Nizi Sushi, O’LaLa Empanadas, Panzz Seafood & Wings, Pita Square, Robert’s Pizza, Sigri Indian BBQ, The Halal Guys, Uncle Willie’s Wings and Veggie Walla.


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